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Sediment Hydraulic Engineer, Division of Illinois State Water Survey, US

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Water Survey of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment. The Surface Water Hydrology & Hydraulics Section mission is to investigate and understand stream and watershed processes to provide state-of-the-art scientific and engineering analyses to policymakers, planners, and resource managers in the State of Illinois and beyond so they can develop and implement sustainable rivers, streams, lakes, and watershed programs based on the best scientific and engineering analyses.

The Section is seeking a Sediment Hydraulic Engineer to carry out applied research erosion, sediment transport, and sedimentation in Upper Midwest watersheds and riverine systems.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Research investigations include watershed sediment fluxes related to land use management, sediment sources/sinks, channel morphological process response mechanisms, sediment transport and deposition, and suspended sediment impacts to aquatic habitat, wetlands, reservoirs, and rivers. Work on sediment transport and sedimentation through compilation and computation of hydraulic, hydrologic, and suspended sediment data; sediment transport and hydraulic models; field investigations; and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Prepare research proposals, technical reports and papers, project reports, project management, and work closely with local, state, and federal resource managers. Participate and contribute to field data collection and analyses, as well as research collaborations. Understand and utilize the latest developments in sediment and hydraulic modeling and fluvial geomorphology.


A Master's degree in civil/environmental engineering with coursework emphasizing hydraulics, hydrology, open channel flow, fluid mechanics, sediment transport, and sedimentation required; a Ph.D. is desired. Experience required: 3-5 years with master's degree or 2-3 years with PhD in hydraulic/hydrologic modeling, erosion and sedimentation investigations, computer programming, fluvial geomorphology, and field-based investigations. Experience in hydraulic (unsteady), hydrologic, and sediment transport modeling and watershed/stream channel erosion and sedimentation processes.

Research experience in cohesive, alluvial channels is a plus. Knowledge required: strong organizational and project management skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills is a must. A working knowledge of join application of hydraulic and biological models will be a plus. Demonstrated success in grant writing, publications, and communicating and collaborating with local stakeholders, as well as regional and state resource manager.

Proposed start date: as soon as possible after close, or until a suitable candidate is identified. 

More details here.

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